And just like that, summer became fall last week. That I saw this blast of color at El Malpais is, well, surprising — most of the landscapes I’ve seen there are either bland or downright scary; almost never colorful.
Sunflowers and coneflowers fill a meadow in the Sandia mountains.
Coneflowers along the East Fork of the Jemez. There were gazillions of wildflowers there a few weeks ago.
Wild coral bells growing from granite with lichens, high in the Sandias.
I was walking along yesterday, high in the Sandias, when I came to a spot where I’d once seen a Milbert’s Tortoiseshell. I was just thinking that I’d love to see another when one landed on the wildflowers right in front of me! I think it’s a beautiful butterfly.